To start, I have two questions for you.
- Do you believe that the Windrush scandal would have happened if the Caribbean immigrant population was a high demand and preferred demographic at the business or hiring table?
- Do you believe the high rates of deportation of individuals of Caribbean heritage from North America and Europe would be happening if we had managed to change our social and economic results?
- The need to improve the social and economic outcomes of Caribbean immigrant entrepreneurs & the community in all Diasporic markets.
- The need to close the entrepreneurial experience gap between Caribbean immigrant entrepreneurs and their counterparts in OECD and other Diasporic Markets.
- The need to better leverage the Diaspora for growing strong businesses, that solve big problems, create jobs, and grow wealth for entrepreneurs, families, the Caribbean Community, host, and home countries.
- The gap in entrepreneurial experience between Caribbean Immigrant Entrepreneurs and their counterparts in OECD and other diasporic markets.
- Sparse markets and networks for supporting growth of sales and scaling in local and foreign markets
- Insufficient literature on the practice, pathways, and processes of Caribbean entrepreneurship, and the culture of Caribbean entrepreneurs in the Diaspora and at home
- The need for more High Performing Caribbean businesses. That includes moving Caribbean Immigrant businesses beyond the micro and small business categories with incomes less than $500,000 per annum
- The need to increase the attractiveness, desirability, and of entrepreneurship among Caribbean Immigrant Entrepreneurs (The Immigrant and Caribbeans at home). And in particular, the English-Speaking Immigrant who is “least likely” to start and grow a business in OECD countries
- Lack of experience in building business networks
- Difficulty and lack of access to community and traditional financing for businesses
- Challenges associated with “foreignness’”, lack of confidence, and the perception of the colour of entrepreneurship (especially as it relates to high value services and other intangibles)
- The missing presence of the Caribbean immigrant entrepreneur in all our ethnic blends and diversity (The need to promote and tell our stories as entrepreneurs, the how of telling those stories)
- The need for an accessible vibrant and connected Caribbean Diasporic Market Place
- The need to speak the language of our roots and markets we want to serve
- The need to build entrepreneur capacity in business
- The need for mentors, as well as to close the entrepreneurship experience gap through active learning, knowledge, skills and resource exchange
- The need to create more jobs for Caribbean immigrants within our communities and to catapult Caribbean immigrants into the high demand, high income/ high earning potential demographics (Making the Caribbean immigrant a preferred demographic)
- The need to improve the social and economic outcomes of Caribbean immigrants and their contribution to their adopted homes and home countries.
- The need for rigorous quantitative and qualitative research for delivering relevant solutions for our entrepreneurs as well as for serving markets (A real market research hub for entrepreneurs, supporters, and facilitators of Caribbean entrepreneurship)
- The need for an affordable, accessible space for creating the change we want to see through our own commitment and actions. The need for more symbols of the practice of freedom, independence, and power of our people and communities to chart our own destiny.
But how are we going to do all this?
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Magate Wildhorse Ltd.
CoP initiator and coordinator.
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